Originally Posted by B23
I would much rather miss an elk with a larger less accurate rifle than I would wound one with a smaller more accurate one.
I've only shot 7 elk, all were branched antler, in my 43yrs on earth. Two were with 7Wby mag others w/300Wby but there has NEVER been a time when I felt I was over gunned. Elk can be some of the toughest sons of beeches you will ever hunt. When it comes to shooting elk, I'll take bigger everytime.
IMHO, there is just no substitute for horsepower.....
Hmmm... Something unsettling about the whole missing and wounding thing here. I fully intend to shoot the som' beech and kill it! It doesn't matter big gun or small.
I've personally shot several dozen elk, and guided hunters to the taking of a few hundred more over the past 30+ years. I've heard this line before. I told many clients that I would much rather see them show up with their deer rifle they can shoot well, than to show up with a magnum they couldn't, if they couldn't. I never felt overgunned with any of my various 7mm, 30 cal, or 35 cal magnums, but unless shooting out to 500 yards or more, I knew I had more than enough. I didn't feel undergunned last year using a 7-08, and the cow and bull I killed agreed!
When it comes to shooting elk, or anything else, I'll take accurate shooting every time.